‘Superman’ Producer — Missing In Mexico

Ilya Salkind

Ilya Salkind — the man responsible for bringing “Superman” to the big screen back in 1978 — has been reported “missing” in Mexico City by the people closest to him.

The 63-year-old — who was born in Mexico City — had traveled south of the border to handle a property he inherited from his mother who passed away a few years ago.

Friends of Salkind tell us … members of Ilya’s staff last saw the legendary producer at his estate in Mexico on Sunday as he was on his way to “handle some errands and get some dental work done.”

However, Salkind has not returned — and yesterday, his friends filed a missing persons report with Mexican authorities.

Link to article.


News on the 20 Men Kidnapped in Acapulco

Another narcovideo has appeared on Blog del Narco. The men-in-black have someone tied up and he confesses that he was involved in the kidnapping. He says the person in charge was “El Melón”, and the people running the kidnapping were Juan Contreras and Julio Contreras, who work for the Barbie Cartel. Barbie, who is Edgar Valdez Villarreal, an American who was recently captured. He also says the kidnappers had help from the Acapulco police and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Mexican army with the name “de la Paz”.

The last few seconds of the video is some other captured person who says he is responsible for providing guns and drugs to Acapulco restaurant operators.


What It’s Really Like Down Here

Tijuana had a county fair. It ran from August 20 through September 20. It looks like any other fair, with rides and bands playing. On the night of September 15, 2010, four youths from Ensenada went to the fair. In the early hours of September 16, as the four kids were returning home to Ensenada, they were captured by a band of kidnappers on the toll road, near the Playas de Tijuana toll booth.

Three days later, the families of the victims received a ransom demand for $3 million. The anti-kidnapping squad of the state attorney general located the safe houses where they were kept on September 29. The three boys and one girl were freed, and five suspects associated with the criminal organization of Fernando Sánchez Arellano Félix, “el Ingeniero,” were captured.

Captured kidnappers working for “El Ingeniero”

These guys were armed to the teeth.

Between the day of the kidnapping on September 15 and the day the youths were freed on September 29, Rosarito held its Rosarito-to-Ensenada Bike Ride. Gary Foster, the race organizer said, “tell all your friends, tell your family what it`s really like down here.” Secretary of Tourism Juan Tintos expressed similar sentiments, “Go back and tell them how great Rosarito is, how great Ensenada is.”

You can find lots of news about the Rosarito-to-Ensenada Bike Ride in the US newspapers, like the San Diego Union Tribune. But, you will not find one word about this kidnapping.

Tell all your family and friends what it’s really like down there.


Owner of Pekin 2000 Restaurant in Ensenada Kidnapped

Manuel Chion, 53-years old, and the owner of the Pekin 2000 Bar and Restaurant in the tourist zone of Ensenada was kidnapped Wednesday night. Three men dressed as federal police, with bullet proof vests and masks, took Chion while wounding an auxiliary policeman assigned to guard the restaurant. The restaurant is popular with locals and tourists, and has a meeting room where community meetings are often held.

Link to the article in Spanish.

Jeeze, they could have at least waited until after the party for the Rosarito-Ensenada Fun Bike Ride tomorrow.


Fulano’s Factoids

There area approximately 850 kidnappings for ransom reported per year in Mexico. Most kidnappings in Mexico go unreported. The Mexican non-profit organization, Citizens Institute for the Study of Crime, estimates there are really 6,000 kidnappings per year in which a ransom demand is made.

The US has approximately three times the population of Mexico. The FBI reports that it investigates between 350 and 400 kidnappings for ransom per year in the US.

Mexico has 45-50 times the kidnappings per capita as does the US


Two Honduran Diplomats Were Briefly Kidnapped in Vera Cruz, Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Two Honduran diplomats were briefly kidnapped in Mexico this past weekend by a presumed drug gang, prompting Honduras to warn Mexico on Monday that it might close several consulates here if Mexico can’t provide adequate security for diplomats.

Honduras’s vice consul in Mexico’s Veracruz state, Joel Aguilar, was seized along with another consular officer by gunmen as the pair traveled in a car in the state capital on Saturday, according to a statement by Honduras’s foreign ministry.

While details of the incident remain unclear, the Honduran diplomats were released, handcuffed, after the car being driven by their captors crashed, the statement said.

The car itself belonged to the consul, Raul Morazán, raising suspicion that he may have been the intended target, according to foreign-ministry spokeswoman Leonila Madrid.

The incident comes just weeks after the massacre of 72 undocumented migrants—many from Honduras—by a Mexican drug gang. The killings strained relations between Mexico and its Central American neighbors.

Many illegal immigrants from Central America sneak into Mexico on their way to the U.S. Human-rights groups say the most treacherous part of the journey is crossing Mexico, where the migrants are routinely asked for money by corrupt police or kidnapped by drug gangs. Veracruz sits along the route that many migrants take.

Link to the news article.


US Citizen Kidnapped, Murdered in Ciudad Juarez

A U.S. citizen who was kidnapped in late August by a suspected drug gang in the violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez was found dead, AFP reported Saturday.

The discovery of Saul de la Rosa, his body riddled with bullet wounds and showing apparent signs of torture, made him the fifth U.S. citizen murdered so far this year in northern border city, and brings the total to 30 since January 2009, according to an AFP count based on official data.

De la Rosa, a 27-year-old Mexican-American who lived in El Paso, Texas, was visiting family members in Mexico August 28 when he was kidnapped. His abductors also killed two of his Mexican relatives, men aged 41 and 21 years, state officials said.

His body was found alongside two other men Sept. 2, identified Thursday and the deputy attorney’s office for Chihuahua state told reporters late Friday.

Ciudad Juarez is considered the most violent city in Mexico, with more than 2,150 killings so far this year, attributed mostly to a turf war between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels for control of lucrative drug trafficking routes into the United States.

Link to the article.


Mexican Government Reports a 317% Increase In Kidnapping Cases

According to a report by the Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados), in 2005 there was less then one kidnapping a day reported; during the first six months of this year, 3.76 kidnappings have been reported daily, which is an increase of 317%. In the period of 2000-2008 the National Commission on Human Rights (Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos – CNDH) estimated that 75% of kidnappings are not reported, which means that for every kidnapping reported there exists another three that are not.

Link to the story.